New Year Honours: Deb Criddle appointed MBE

Deb Criddle Deb Criddle won a team gold and two silvers in the freestyle dressage and individual event at London 2012

Paralympian Deb Criddle from Somerset has been appointed MBE in the New Year Honours list.

The para-equestrian star from Trull, near Taunton, won a team gold and two silvers in the freestyle dressage and individual event at London 2012.

She said it was a big surprise and that the honour was the "icing on the cake".

However she said the Paralympics was the bigger achievement as "nothing can take away the excitement and the totally special feeling that created".

Elsewhere, June Barnes, from Frome, is appointed MBE for services to the community. Ms Barnes is the chair of Frome Carnival committee and secretary of various carnival charities.

North Somerset Bench magistrate Marilyn Darg is recognised for her services to the administration of Justice by being appointed MBE as is Kathleen Ford who is the head of corporate information management department at Avon and Somerset Constabulary.

Paul Westbury, the chief executive officer of Buro Happold, is appointed CBE for services to engineering and construction.

Other people appointed MBE include: Eric Darlow from Wellington for services to the UK Quarrying Industry; Robert Nicholson from Burnham-on-Sea, for services to Tourism in Somerset and Christopher Page from Yeovil, for services to defence and young people through the R.N. Volunteer Cadet Corps.

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